Stephen Willats - Control, April 2018
23rd April - 17th May
Liverpool L3 4BB
23rd April - 17th May
Liverpool L3 4BB
22 March - 20 May
Leeds City Art Gallery
Leeds LS1 3AA
Stephen Willats interview by Sarah Hamerman, in Avant:
27cm wide x 30cm high.
Media:- Letterpress block on cloth paper with Letraline applied by hand.
Edition of 150 prints.
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At the end of the 1970’s Stephen Willats was working in the Märkisches Viertel in Berlin when he noticed the drawings made by children on the walls of the tower block in which they lived. The drawings were territorial, in that the children of each housing block made the drawings at the base of their own block, depicting a life which seemed to be in stark contrast to the modernist reality of their surroundings.
The Berlin Wall ran past the end of these housing blocks and Willats noticed that one of the children had drawn a small house on one of the walls. It struck him that the drawing represented an archetypal family house with smoke coming out of the chimney as opposed to the reality of their tower block apartment, and he subsequently photographed the position of the drawing as seen through the concrete columns beneath the housing block where he was working and then he took another photograph closer up. In Wall Print, the black line made by Stephen Willats connects the children's dream with the actual reality.
A limited edition of 24 images specially made for the exhibition: Inside the Night at Galerie Balice Hertling Paris and available from the Galerie
Galerie Balice Hertling
47 Rue Ramponeau
Tel: +33(0)1 40 334726
New issue of Control Magazine edited by Stephen Willats.
Contributors: Eliana Otta, Bedfellows, Francisco Camacho Herrera, Radio Anti, Merlin Carpenter, Stephen Willats, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst
£15 + £3 postage
Order at: http://www.controlmagazine.org/order.php
Vision and Reality
This Book presents a wide selection of interviews and photographs from the collaborations between Willats and residents in the many housing estate projects he makes. The first-hand observations and individual opinions record a variety of attitudes and perceptions towards the physical reality of their surroundings
Available at £18 from:
This manual, which includes texts, interviews and artwork from five decades of practice, is intended as a tool for any artist or practitioner looking to find a meaningful relationship with contemporary society. It proclaims, and argues for, a culture that promotes the fluid, transient, relative and complex society from which it stems.
This book is available from Cornerhouse Books at £18
A new publication by Stephen Willats, published by Occasional Papers
The Artist As An Instigator Of Changes In Social Cognition And Behaviour, was originally published in 1973 by Gallery House Press and long out of print, the text includes rigorous analyses of social forms of artistic production and descriptions of a number of projects by the artist.
This new edition by Occasional Papers features numerous additional images and a new introduction by Willats.
96 pages with illustrations
13 x 21cm
Distributed by Central Books and Motto
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Texts by Andrew Wilson, Tom Holert, Brigitte Franzen, Ute Meta Bauer, Emily Pethick, Anja Casser, Philipp Ziegler
This publication is the first retrospective and comprehensive compilation of works and writings by Stephen Willats. The first section contains numerous illustrations of works by Willats, including a number not previously published, and text contributions from authors who have been closely involved with the artist for many years. The second section collects important writings by Stephen Willats from his archive, which have been transcribed for the first time and now presented in combination with black-and-white illustrations. This section opens up new and until now unpublished insights into the text works of the artist. Published to accompany the exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, 23 September – 21 November 2010
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
£48.00 ISBN 978-3-86984-124-3 softback
432 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
270 x 210 mm
English and German text
Available through Cornerhouse Distribution Service and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Several publications by Stephen Willats are available for purchase from the Control Magazine website.
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